Every time I visit metropolitan cities, I’ve always been intimidated at the amount of budget that I need to spend for my daily amenities… including food.
I honestly don’t know where to fulfill my foodie appetite when it comes to Singapore. By the time I went through the immigration office at the airport, I was greeted with some travel brochures. Some mentioning Singapore’s best local foods like Hainanese chicken rice, Bak Kut Teh, and more.
I became more interested in finding best places to eat local food, but the ones that also fits within my budget.
There’s nothing better than having local friends who lived in a city. Thankfully by asking my friends, not only we’d get to taste some good dishes to taste throughout the trip, but I also found some fantastic food that is also friendly to my budget (credits to you guys!).
So I’d like to share a compilation of foodies my friends had recommended me, and for me as tourist, tasted good!
Disclaimer: I will probably update this list whenever I had the chance to add new discoveries!
Salted Egg Chicken Rice at Taste Good 好味小厨
Zic Char menu
This place is located in the 2nd floor of Sim Lim Square. It has a loyal following and is indeed crowded, especially during lunch time.
The #1 best seller, however, is the salted chicken egg rice. It took us around 10-15 minutes before our food was served. You can also add an extra 50 cents for an option of an egg on top. Taste wise, it was actually quite good, as expected.
Aside from the salted egg chicken rice, you can pick menus range of Zic Char items off the menu. Dishes includes herbal black chicken soup (5.00 SGD), herbal ginseng chicken (7.5 SGD), mini fried fish steamboat (6 SGD), thai style chicken chop rice (5 SGD), and still a lot more.
Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road, #02-04, Sim Lim Square, Singapore 188504
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:45 PM
Makansutra Gluttons Bay
It was late at night around Marina Bay Sands area, and we were hungry like crazy. We don’t prefer fine dining, but we’d like to at least have a nice view to enjoy, since it was Friday night.
Makansutra answered our desires that night, as it is an affordable and diverse dining with a view. Located beside Esplanade Mall, Makansutra exposes the view of Marina Bay Sands and the lake. But do expect that it would get pretty crowded.
There are several food stalls that serves dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, even the Philippines! Due to the food variety, we even ate here for two days in a row!
The portions were also huge so our group at it with a buffet setting. Since there’s a lot to choose from, here are some of the best menus that we’d get to try and think it’s worth it;
Fried crispy chicken with sweet-sour sauce (12 SGD for 2-3 people)
Yellow fried rice with pineapple stir-fry (15 SGD for 3-4 people)
“Martabak telor” filled with meat and vegetables (around 5-6 SGD)
Food stalls in Makansutra served food from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and even the Philippines
The nuance of the food court on a Friday night
Other food we didn’t get to try but some people say tasted good is the “Pad Thai” in Thai hawker stall, Peking Duck Hawker stall, Old Satay Club Mee Goreng, Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing & Carrot Cake, and probably still many more.
Oh, it’s open ’till passed midnight! It may be a fit for those who wants to hangout with friends.
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue Esplanade Mall | #01-15 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Mon – Thu), 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM (Fri & Sat), 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Mon – Thu)
Tian Tian Chicken Rice
Tian Tian Chicken Rice is probably Singapore’s most famous chicken rice stall. It’s located in Maxwell Food Centre. The chicken rice has some Medium and Large-sized portion starts from 4.5 SGD and above).
What I like about the chicken rice is probably the oil as it has a prominent seasoning, fragrant and tasty rice. Another must-have with the chicken rice is Tauge—Tian Tian’s bean sprouts tasted tasty with the dash of chicken oil poured over, mixed with hot with cut chillies, and shallots.
Chicken rice for small portion
Tauge or been sprout
Address: Maxwell Food Centre #01-10/11, 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mondays
Musang King Durian at Bugis Street Market
Musang King Durian is probably one of the must-tries for durian lovers. If you come to Singapore during durian season, there are reasons to head down to nearest stalls since there are loads of Durian stalls around the city.
One of the stalls that I found is the one in Bugis Street, right behind the market. From Bugis Junction, cross to Bugis Street Market and go through the market until the very back side.
The cost of one pack is around 4-5 SGD.
Our “amused face” eating durians
Address: 3 New Bugis Street, #03-01, Singapore 188867